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22/12/2012 18:00

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Solid win for South Africa over Malawi

Posted: 22 December 2012 Time: 18:58

South Africa beat Malawi in an international friendly at Moses Mabhida Stadium 3-1 on Saturday.

Malawi started brightly, passing the ball around and bossing the midfield for a few minutes, but Bafana were quick to wrest control from the visitors and were two goals up inside 10 minutes.

Siboniso Gaxa sent in an early cross on four minutes, which was almost met by Majoro, but the ball was cleared by the Flames defence.

Bafana went ahead on six minutes, with a fantastic team goal. Tshabalala sent a long ball in, which Lerato Chabangu controlled confidently with a reverse flick behind his back on the edge of the goal area.

The Swallows man took a couple of steps into the box and had a shot, which was saved by Simplex Nthala. The goalkeeper could not hold on to it, however, and Majoro made not mistake from close range to get his debut goal for the national team.

Four minutes later, after some great work by Oupa Manyisa, Gaxa beat his man right at the corner flag and managed to pop the ball over his head before going down.

The ball bounced to Letsholonyane, who hit it across the face of goal, where Tshabalala and Majoro were waiting, and Shabba was the man to boot it home in midair for his 10th goal for South Africa.

The match opened up for the remainder of the half, with Malawi allowed some space, although they could not make anything of it.

Josephy Kamwendo had a couple of chances from free-kicks, and a shot from long range, but none were particularly convincing.

Meanwhile, Chabangu, Tshabalala and Manyisa had chances for Bafana, but again none looked too dangerous, and the match went into half-time at 2-0.

Malawi got a goal back at the beginning of the second half, when Siyabonga Sangweni was adjudged to have brought down Robert Ng'ambi in the area. Kamwendo stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and beat Itumeleng Khune confidently high on the left.

Daine Klate came on for Shabba at the start of the second half, and Gordon Igesund brought on Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu for Majoro and Chabangu, respectively, soon after.

The new-look Bafana seemed to lose shape, and Malawi started to press after their opener, looking more dangerous, although neither keeper had much to do.

After some half-chances for Malawi, however, Bafana came back into the match.

With 15 minutes to go, Rantie was brought down by James Sangala in the box, and Mahlangu stepped up to convert the penalty and make it 3-1 to Bafana.

A few minutes later Rantie sent the ball across goal after a good move on the right, but it was palmed away by the keeper, with no South Africans there to collect the rebound.

In the final minutes of the match Klate sent a high cross into the box, after racing up the left wing, but Phala and Gaxa got in each other’s way and hesitated, and the ball was cleared.

Manyisa curled a shot in in injury time, but it was saved, and the match ended 3-1; a solid win for Bafana, although they let the game get away from them at times.

Previous comments on this story...

vusiv
posted: 09:03 pm
I did not watch the game since I was driving 540km today, but I understand the boys played well. Guys the most important thing is that the win will assist in building player's confidence. Very confident and solid team is what we need to win the big tournament like Afcon. Big up to Matlaba and Majoro, and I wish GI doesnt drop May Mahlangu.
sammykel
posted: 09:09 pm
go and play civ or ghana and stop decieving yourselves.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 09:27 pm
When Bafana Bafana lose, people say it's a national team, when Bafana wins they say it's because of KC players? I still maintain Bafana is an average team. We played Malawi under 21 with few over 21s like Ngambi and Kamwendo. so there is nothing to brag about here.
HITMAN
posted: 09:35 pm
I'm disappointed with the way we played we didn't create as many chances as we should have,considering that we were playing against teenagers there was even a 16 year old boy in the malawi team and he actually played very well he troubled the secretly 32 year manyisa!!!
HITMAN
posted: 09:38 pm
I'm disappointed with the way we played we didn't create as many chances as we should have,considering that we were playing against teenagers there was even a 16 year old boy in the malawi team and he actually played very well he troubled the secretly 32 year old manyisa!!!
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 09:46 pm
@hitman you are a fool
age means nothing in football talking about age as is Malawi are world beaters:we also missed a lot of our strongest players like mphela,furman,khumalo,nunens,somma,classen,anele and the new sensation in Belgium
sammykel
posted: 10:37 pm
####### kaizer slave you need to grow up and accept d fact, bafana is just a host in order to finance the participating teams oda wise they know nothing in modern football. When we talk lets hear from civ, ghana, nigeria, tunisia not bafa bafa.
Anti-Zebra
posted: 10:37 pm
Just read the comments of these Zebras. Hypocrites!!!! Hypocrites of the highest order. When this team loses, we lose as a nation according to them. When this team wins, it's a Tortoise victory. Well, be it then. I want you to take the blame too when you get knocked out of the group stages of Afcon. Worst of all....the man of the match for this lousy game is a Smart Galaxy but they praise Zebras. Nxa
Happy from the Happy People
posted: 11:02 pm
anti-zebra
posted: 10:37 pm | Report
Just read the comments of these
Zebras. Hypocrites!!!! Hypocrites of
the highest order. When this team
loses, we lose as a nation
according to them. When this team
wins, it's a Tortoise victory. Well,
be it then. I want you to take the
blame too when you get knocked
out of the group stages of Afcon.
Worst of all....the man of the
match for this lousy game is a
Smart Galaxy but they praise
Zebras. Nxa

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ba yeke ba suze angithi ba jwaele njalo
FourPointFive
posted: 12:55 am
I'm still confused how Khuboni gets the nod for the national team
When he says "I'm struggling with fatigue"
He's agent says "He's been off form since the world cup"
And his team doesn't play him,yes if you follow local soccer you would of noticed that he has barely featured in most of the campaign so far for his own team not just the Pirates game.
It's quite odd how he gets called up ahead of Bibo who has been consistently delivering man of the match performaces for his team and is by far 100 times better than him both in defense and distrubution(going forward or for the teams attack)
Otherwise...........
Let's just wait and see
The Ghost
posted: 01:15 am
Here we go again, idiots making this a chiefs victory when in fact it is a national team triumph ... grow up makhosokazi.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 02:17 am
Manyisa,Myeni,Sangweni,Matlaba,Meyiwa. Yet u will never hear Pirates fans claiming national victory as their own n reducing it to a club victory. Come on now Bobby's dogs, behave yourself.

Malawi is a weak team, again SAFA prepare with irrelevant opponents, maybe the game was fixed.
Happy from the Happy People
posted: 02:34 am
King Bra yaka
just leave these grass-eaters its not the 1st tym they do this,they r used to it
e.g celebrating plastic cups,draws,beating minnows and also celebrating draws against Double Treble Champs,
while the real champs from the University of Orlando are busy Collecting Di Cup tsa makoya not plastic cups that they are busy bragging about with.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:13 am
Its a fact that both Bafana bafana n Zimbabwe did n't qualify for the previous AFCON because of Kaizer Chiefs players.

Did I just not mention Klate as well. GI says he wants to see players yet he continues to field the tried,tested n yet failed many times.

Shaba,Yeye,Khune can only perfom when a game is fixed.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:26 am
Did we have to play Malawi mara yeh.

Is GI stil preparing a team, until when mara yeh. By now we should be having a working system n players who can carry that systen, but we are busy huff n puffing against lowly ranked teams.

What wher the other friendlies we played for kanti, if we are stil preparing.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 03:40 am
Ghana is busy playing Egypt n Tunisia while si busy ngabo Malawi. Ayi suka maan, this nation does n't learn.
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 05:52 am
Hoping they will fix AFCON matches for our funny bafana team with no team spirit i mean when pirates get a draw they are sad n they alwys fight for a win come on guys look at ghana they fight not abosisi these guys they play rough n with passion for their country... Just to mention ghana i.e.
Tlou wa Lekhosi
posted: 06:16 am
Bafana Bafana played extremely well... Football Fans instead of criticising other players, let's all enjoy the win and give players more energy to carry on and make us proud
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 07:33 am
Tlou wa Lekhosi: how many times have we given Shbba,Khune,Parker,Yeye,Khumaloenergy but nothing came out it. Gordon will fail because of unfair treatment to other players, Bibo is doing extremly well but Khuboni is selected.

Was it necessary to field Khune.
Liqhame
posted: 07:44 am
We need Jali and Bibo. Please do away with the back ball passer such as Furman & KG.
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